Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear
October 10, 2013 London
News flash: The nineties are back. Joseph was way ahead on that trend, and now that the zeitgeist is fully on board, the British retailer has obliged by turning out a crisp and sporty collection for its house label that leans hard, but not too hard, on the look of the era. Long slipdress? Check. Shower slides? Check. Bright orange parka? Check. (And extra checks and gold stars for the version in ultra-supple kangaroo.) There were also trousers with gargantuan cuffs, kilts, cool looks in sheer or silver foil cellophane silk, and knits with graphic shapes screen-printed onto them graffiti-style. Very tomboyish, overall. The standouts here, though, were the pieces in worked leather, like a sleeveless leather button-down laser-cut in a floral motif and a bomber lined with sponge for textural effect. Both of these pieces had the accessible, versatile feel of basics while not being basic at all. That's the Joseph sweet spot.